Definition of piston engine in English:

piston engine

Line breaks: pis¦ton en¦gine


  • An engine, especially in an aircraft, in which power is derived from cylinders and pistons rather than a turbine.
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    • The combination is a small, low-pressure steam boiler feeding a piston engine or turbine.
    • They replaced the old radial air-cooled and liquid-cooled engines with a high-compression piston engine.
    • The basic design of the aviation piston engine hasn't changed drastically in decades.



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  • However, as time went by the piston-engined Trader started to become something of an antique.
  • It had become the railways last big piston-engined aircraft, outlasting both DC - 3s as well as its Convair cousin.
  • By February 1999, the number of aeroplanes she refueled at Ondangwa has risen to 74 jets and 52 piston-engined aircraft per month.

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